|Mali women FLY|
|Mali Woman Ride|
Six years later, after a less than glamorous 24hr bus ride from Dakar, and a 12 hr train ride from Kayes, I stepped off the train and after years of dreaming finally arrived in Bamako. The city was everything I expected and more but nothing could have prepared me for the women on bikes.
I like to think I know it all, but how is it I didn’t know about this? Women in Bamako fabulously dressed in their African attire, old, and young, slim and plump have mastered the bike. In Sierra Leone a woman on a bicycle would be special, let alone on a bike. Many people in Sierra Leone think it improper for a woman to ride a bicycle.
On paper you would assume that because of its status as a predominantly muslim country Mali’s women would somehow be less liberated than Sierra Leonean women. I saw everything to the contrary.
Mali will celebrate 50 years of Independence on September 22nd 2010.